Ochoa selected as new dean of IU Maurer, first person of color to lead law school

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The next dean of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law will come from in house.

IU Maurer announced longtime faculty member Christiana Ochoa as the 17th dean in the law school’s history on Thursday.

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Ochoa, who has served as interim dean since July, will move into the full-time deanship at the Bloomington school effective Nov. 1. She is the first person of color and the second woman to be named dean in IU Maurer’s history.

Additionally, according to IU Maurer, Ochoa is the eighth Latina ever to serve as the dean of a U.S. law school.

“The Maurer School of Law has a long history of local, national, and international leadership on the most pressing legal and social issues,” Ochoa said in a statement. “Our students, alumni, faculty, and staff share the vision that we must continue to contribute invaluable service to the legal profession and society at large, while always striving to ensure that the diversity of the legal profession positively reflects that of the nation. I am deeply honored to be asked to serve as the next dean of this outstanding law school.”

IU-Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Rahul Shrivastav called Ochoa’s leadership “exceptional.”

“Through her many exceptional years of leadership — at IU Maurer, and internationally — Professor Christiana Ochoa has modeled the kind of legal practice, scholarship, and advocacy we want our students to know is possible in the legal profession,” Shrivastav said in a statement. “Christy’s collegiality, vision, and commitment to students and peers is inspiring. I could not be more pleased to welcome her into this new role.

Ochoa was named interim dean after Austen Parrish announced his departure for the University of California, Irvine School of Law in the spring.

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